:) Little Jane - yes he's turning 3 on June 17th :) My other saddlebred grew big time between age 4 and 5..
Sounds about right ... my mare is half ASB, and she's 5 and still changing a lot, and not just in height. Anyway, he's a gorgeous little guy, and looks to have a great mind and willingness about work. The video of him in the round pen showed some nice attentiveness to you. He looks like a heck of a lot of fun :)
Honestly I think he would make a nice gelding. He isn't built correct enough to be kept a stud and his bloodlines are not fancy either. That said, he is a colorful guy and would be a fancy little pleasure horse. Saddlebreds make amazing trail horses too and he would catch a lot of eyes on the trails for sure.
Yes - I spoke with my friend who breeds saddlebreds and arabians in Texas and she agreed he should be gelded - so we decided to do that this week.. Yes saddlebreds are wonderful trail mounts! I am pretty sure that with the way he moves he will be able to tap into dressage :)
Hi there. Just an update - I just got a message that the colt was finally gelded this morning.. it took some time to schedule this because we have been hit with nearly constant rain and thurnderstorms.. then to line up the sun with the vet's schedule.. but yes he just got gelded - we will go pick him up on Saturday.. I will post pictures after we get him home next weekend! :)
Hi everybody - so we finally picked him up yesterday! We had to wait yet another week because we got badly flooded here in Northern Illinois.. Anyways, he is pretty spooky guy, just really doesn't know anything - has not been off the farm since they brought him home as a baby, he is very thin and still has raging testosterone running through his veins.. he is definitely all boy with absolutely no manners, I have to keep on my toes when around him. That being said he seems to want to trust us and has accomplished trusting us quite a bit in the 24 hours we have known him.. Again he is afraid of absolutely everything.. I did not expect he would accept water hose after the rodeo he did when I pulled out the fly spray! He was so eaten by skeeters today after being outside for 3-4 hours, he actually let us hose him down completely after about 1/2 hour working with him and the hose - my dear husband was bravely helping me at that task :) in about 10 minutes the colt figured out that the water coming from the hose is a LOT better than the skeeters in the paddock! Anyways I am attaching few photos of him from today - I tried to square him out, but he won't stand still for 2 seconds now. Note his hooves! The former owner has not been keeping up on trims.. I think he has a good base in those feet, I think they are just really overgrown with some splitting / cracks as result.. I called my farrier on the way home with the horse in the trailer to make an appointment, he's from WI so I am hoping he can make it here sooner rather than later.. Please see these updated photos and let me know what you think about his conformation :)